Kocharian Appoints Yesayan Deputy Minister of Education

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–President Robert Kocharian’s special Anti-corruption Adviser and Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) member Bagrat Yesayan–was relieved of his duties and appointed Deputy Minister of Education on Friday.

The promotion follows the withdrawal of Orinats Yerkir from the ruling coalition. Sergo Yeritsian–a former Orinats Yerkir leader who has headed the Armenian Ministry of Science and Education for nearly three years–was replaced on Wednesday by Levon Mkrtchian–also a member of the ARF–one of the two remaining governing parties.

Aside from advising Kocharian on anti-corruption matters–Yesayan headed a "monitoring commission" to oversee implementation of the legislative measures aimed at combating corruption.

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